Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

Q&A - Guilty to a Lesser Charge

Q&A ImageHow is it that someone can be charged with an impaired and a refusal to submit a sample and only be found guilty of driving without due care and attention? This is not right :(

VIDEO - Booze Busted 2013

video iconOur friends in Australia are taking on impaired driving with this tongue in cheek video. Done with a game show theme, it explains all the things that a drinking driver may "win." They are not afraid to state that if you chose to drink and drive, you are a bloody idiot! You will see that BC is not the only jurisdiction that deals harshly with impaired drivers.

VIDEO - Night Shift

video iconIf you spent any amount of time looking around the DriveSmartBC web site, you will probably guess that I really like the Australian traffic safety videos. They don't pull any punches and deliver their messages well. This one, on the danger of driving while impaired by fatigue, is no different.

Be a Careful Good Samaritan

Pulling Car Out of DitchEven though our winter driving season is almost over, the situation of stopping to pull an unfortunate driver out of the ditch came to mind. I think everyone realizes that care has to be exercised in pulling the vehicle out so that another collision doesn't occur. However, being a good samaritan could make you a party to an offence.

Q&a - How Does My Son Get His Licence Back?

Counter Attack LogoIt has been over a year since my son lost his licence for pleading guilty to drinking too much wine at my new years dinner and running to the store for me. He went through a road block, and blew over. I would not have sent him if I thought he was impaired, but with the new laws, he was guilty. 

READING - Drinking and Driving Symposium 2012

TIRF New LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and the Centre for Responsible Drinking are pleased to release the proceedings of the Drinking and Driving Symposium 2012 held in Ottawa, Ontario on May 17th, 2012. This event attracted more than 70 attendees representing 9 jurisdictions across Canada.

CASE LAW - Lutter v Smithson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGlen and Tralee Mazu's daughter Brianne held a 19th birthday party with their consent on family property. A minor guest, Dallas Smithson, became very drunk and eventually drove away from the party in a borrowed vehicle. He collided with a taxi, killing the taxi driver and injuring the passenger, Jeremy Lutter.

Q&A - How to Get My Licence Back?

Counter Attack LogoI pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving about 2 1/2 years ago. I was told by the court that I would receive a 1 year suspension and a $1000 fine. Based on this information, I plead guilty.

I knew it was going to be a tough 12 months,but knew I would come out of it with a whole new outlook on drinking and driving.

RESEARCH - Marihuana and Driving Impairment

MarihuanaFrom the article abstract: "The influence of cannabis on traffic crashes is a growing concern. Experimental studies provide ample evidence of cannabis influence on psychomotor and cognitive performances. Epidemiological works describe the excess crash risk that this substance causes.

CASE LAW - Sivia v British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe reasons for judgment of Mr. Justice Sigurdson (in chambers) continues from the case where he found that British Columbia's Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) where a driver provided a fail breath sample was contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it did not provide for sufficient grounds for review of a prohibition. In this case, Mr. Justice Sigurdson decides that penalties issued under the old IRP scheme will stand as his declaration of invalidity is not retroactive.

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